Mangaluru, Oct 6, 2015: Presence of mind shown by a grocery shop owner robbed of cash at gun point, and team work by personnel of DK district and Mangaluru City Police put together bust a four months of preparation of a gang in less than one-hour late on Monday. Arrested even before they could even properly count the cash they looted from M Subashchandra Nayak at Vittal, the gang, four of them from Surathkal and other from Ballari are now looking at doing time for dacoity.
Praising Subashchandra for noting losing his composure despite being looted of Rs 4.10-lakh cash, the daily returns from his shop in Vittal and reporting the incident to Vittal police station within five minutes, Sharanappa S D, superintendent of police said quick reaction by Prakash Devadiga Vittal PSI in informing district police control room and subsequent chain of events that included coordination between various policing units saw police bring swift closure to the crime.
The accused - Ramakrishna, 29, Sujith Bhandary, 37, Sheryansh Jain, 31, and Amalraj, 36 - all from Surathkal, and Manjunath Nageshappa, 40 from Hospete in Ballari - working as drivers targeted Subashchandra based on information given to them from a fifth yet to be arrested person from Kasargod that the merchant normally took the day’s collection home at night. Financial stress that the accused faced motivated them to target him and they planned for it for four months.
Acting on wireless information relayed by city and district police control rooms, PSIs Bharathi and Sudhakar of Ullal and Konaje police stations with their staff intercept the Tata Sumo that the accused had used for the crime at Konaje. Noting that accused barely resisted when intercepted, Sharanappa said police recovered the cash, an airpistol used by them and mobile phones in their possession. Shreyansh had hired the Tata Sumo from an acquaintance for personal use.
Presenting certificates of appreciation to the entire team that helped bust the case in a short time, Sharanappa said police will seek custody of Ramakrishna, Shreyansh and Amal Raj to get more details. SP said the team had planned to execute their design four months ago, but developed cold feet. They carried out a recce on Friday and went ahead with the crime on Monday, SP said. A case has been registered against them for dacoity and under Arms Act, SP added.
Courtesy: Times of India